Carson Fulmer
White Sox's Carson Fulmer: Expected to start season in minors
Carson Fulmer, RP, CHW
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News: Fulmer needs more development, according to White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Chicago's first-round draft pick in 2015 spent some time in the major league bullpen last season, but the organization is committed to Fulmer being a starter. The right-hander had a middling year in the minors at Double-A Birmingham, but finished up with three strong starts at Triple-A Charlotte. Hahn credited Charlotte pitching coach Rich Dotson with some minor tweaks in his delivery and they want to build off that late season success.

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Blake Parker
Angels' Blake Parker: Designated for assignment Thursday
Blake Parker, RP, LAA
1/19/2017
News: Parker was designated for assignment by the Angels on Thursday.

The Angels decision to designate Parker for assignment was made to make room on their 40-man roster for the newly-acquired Juan Graterol. Parker struggled on the mound during limited time in the 2016 season, as he allowed nine runs over just 17.1 innings (17 games).

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Ross Detwiler
Athletics' Ross Detwiler: Agrees to minor league deal with A's
Ross Detwiler, RP, OAK
1/18/2017
News: Detwiler agreed to a minor league contract with the A's on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.

The lefty tossed eight scoreless innings his debut with Oakland in August but it was all downhill from there -- Detwiler gave up 30 runs in his next eight appearances (36 innings). While he will return to the organization and get to make his case for a roster spot in spring training, Detwiler will likely open the year as depth in the minors. He's posted 5.5 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 rates in parts of nine major league seasons.

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Adrian Salcedo
Adrian Salcedo: Released by Dodgers
Adrian Salcedo, RP, MIN
1/18/2017
News: Salcedo has been released by the Dodgers, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.

Salcedo was suspended 144 games after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs last March, his third such suspension. The 25-year-old has compiled a 3.31 ERA and 447 strikeouts over eight minor league seasons, but risks a lifetime ban for one more positive test. Salcedo, who last pitched in 2015, still has 94 games remaining on the suspension should another team give him a shot.

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Jake Diekman
Rangers' Jake Diekman: Will undergo stomach surgery, miss half of season
Jake Diekman, RP, TEX
1/17/2017
News: Diekman (stomach) will undergo surgery to help alleviate ulcerative colitis Jan. 25 and will miss at least half of the season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

This is unfortunate news for both Diekman and the Rangers, as the 29-year-old enjoyed a solid year in 2016, recording a 3.40 ERA while striking out 59 batters across 53 innings. He was also Texas' top southpaw setup man, and the Rangers will likely turn to Alex Claudio to fill the left-handed void in the bullpen until Diekman is available to return.

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Liam Hendriks
Athletics' Liam Hendriks: Avoids arbitration with A's
Liam Hendriks, RP, OAK
1/15/2017
News: Hendriks agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Athletics on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

When healthy, Hendriks was one of the most heavily-used relievers for the Athletics in 2016. Despite a rough start to the season in which he was hampered by an elbow injury, the 27-year-old was able to put together a solid campaign to the tune of a 3.76 ERA (2.85 FIP) over 64.2 innings pitched. He'll be a factor out of the bullpen again in 2017.

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Jeremy Jeffress
Rangers' Jeremy Jeffress: Avoids arbitration
Jeremy Jeffress, RP, TEX
1/13/2017
News: Jeffress and the Rangers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.1 million contract Friday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Jeffress notched 27 saves for the Brewers before being sent to the Rangers at last year's trade deadline, but he appeared in just 12 games for his new club due to a stint on the restricted list for personal reasons. He was still effective in those outings, however, so the Rangers decided to bring him back for another year. He was used in a setup role with Texas last year and will likely head into this season in the same spot, but he is a proven option if the Rangers need to replace expected closer Sam Dyson for one reason or another.

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Adam Warren
Yankees' Adam Warren: Avoids arbitration
Adam Warren, RP, NYY
1/13/2017
News: Warren agreed to a one-year deal with the Yankees on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The terms of the agreement were not announced. Warren should once again take over the middle relief role in the Bronx, and is unappealing in most fantasy formats.

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Tommy Layne
Yankees' Tom Layne: Avoids arbitration
Tommy Layne, RP, NYY
1/13/2017
News: Layne agreed to a one-year deal with the Yankees on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The terms of the agreement were not announced. He has settled in as a solid middle reliever over the past couple seasons, but does not bring much to the table from a fantasy perspective.

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Evan Scribner
Mariners' Evan Scribner: Avoids arbitration
Evan Scribner, RP, SEA
1/13/2017
News: Scribner agreed to a one-year deal with the Mariners on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

This was his second year as an arbitration-eligible player. The terms of the agreement were not announced. He should spend the season working primarily in the 7th and 8th inning, and could make for a solid source of strikeouts in very deep leagues (30.6 percent strikeout rate last season).

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